Tom Brady to Focus on His NFT Startup as he Announces His Retirement

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Tom Brady, the only NFL player with the most Super Bowl rings, has announced he will be retiring from football, a move that will give him the opportunity to pay more attention to his family and Autograph, the NFT startup he founded last year.

Tom Brady had a 22-year stint with the NFL, spending 20 years with the New England Patriots with whom he won 5 Super Bowl titles. He then moved to Tampa Bay where he spent two years with the Buccaneers, winning one Super Bowl title to bring his total winnings to 6.

Throughout his career, Brady will be retiring as the highest-earning NFL player of all time with the 44-year-old carting away with $292.9 million over his 22-season career between his salary, bonuses, and other incentives, but not counting endorsements. As reported by TheCoinRise, some of these salary payments were made in Bitcoin (BTC).

The retirement is coming at a time when Brady is rediscovering the potential inherent in blockchain technology, and in its underlying technological innovations.

Tom Brady Retirement and the Plan for Autograph

With the retirement imminent, Tom Brady says he will focus his attention on Autograph, as well as other companies he has helped co-found in the past few years.

“The future is exciting,” Brady wrote in the Instagram post. “I’m fortunate to have cofounded incredible companies like [Autograph, BRADY, and TB12 Sports] that I am excited to continue to help build and grow, but exactly what my days will look like will be a work-in-progress.” 

Significant strides have already been made by Brady and the Autograph team. The Non-Fungible Token startup raised $175 million this month, complementing earlier moves to onboard prominent names in the industry including FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried, and The Weekend as part of its board.

In all, Tom Brady is optimistic about the potential that Autograph and his entire voyage into the digital currency ecosystem will offer. This retirement will give him the leeway to be involved in the startups functionally.

“It’s really been a crash course in this offseason. All these things happen pretty quickly,” he said in a statement back in May last year. “But obviously the more I learned about crypto and blockchain technologies, I really was wanting to be a part of building a great platform that could create opportunities for myself, other artists, other entertainment brands to create great collectibles.”

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